POC Training Programs

Education and training programs play a vital role in assisting members to launch and develop their careers as professional organizers.

The following series of programs are designed for existing organizers as well as people interested in becoming a professional organizer. Click on the headings below for more information on each course.

Got a knack for cutting through the clutter? Are you good at planning and managing your time? Do all your friends ask you to come over and help organize their closets? Why not put your skills to work and become a professional organizer?

If you've ever thought about becoming a professional organizer but weren't sure where to start, POC has created a "Should I Become a Professional Organizer?" non-credit information session. This one-hour teleclass session gives you the chance to ask a veteran organizer questions and get information about the steps involved in becoming a professional organizer. Find out what it's like to run your own organizing business and be your own boss.

To learn more about how to become a professional organizer, read our FAQ section entitled, "What is a professional organizer?" If you see yourself in the role of a professional organizer helping people find balance and order in their lives, then be sure to register for the next Should I Become a Professional Organizer?" teleclass session.

Learning Options

Teleclasses: In most cases, classes are delivered over the phone as teleclasses.

The Trained Professional Organizer Program is a rewarding learning experience led by professional organizers and subject matter experts. Courses cover residential and business organizing, safety, basic marketing, assessments, working with children and seniors, as well as many other topics.

By completing 12 classes - 10 core classes and any 2 specialty classes - POC members are eligible to write the Trained Professional Organizer Exam. Successful candidates receive a certificate as a graduate of the program and may identify themselves as a POC Trained Professional Organizer. Please note that completion of the 12 classes is mandatory in order to write the exam. POC members who have been a member for a minimum of the past 3 consecutive years can challenge the exam. The POC Trained Professional Organizer program is a training program, not an accreditation program, and as such does not entitle the organizer to use words such as certified, endorsed, authorized, accredited, or qualified Professional Organizer in their marketing material, or the initials TPO following their name.

Exams are offered twice per year; in the spring hosted by local chapters and in the autumn at the Annual Conference.

Congratulations to those who passed the TPO exam in Fall 2017!

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To see what POC training courses are currently being offered and to register, visit the Upcoming Courses & Events page.

To learn how the POC Trained Professional Organizer Program works and which classes are included, please view the full description here.

POC members: Please log in before registering to benefit from discounted member rates.

The Launch and Grow Your Business Program is a two-day course for Professional Organizers that gives you practical tips, techniques and industry information needed to operate a successful organizing business and achieve your full potential in the shortest time frame possible.

While our TPO courses offer skills in hands-on organizing, this course is designed to provide the tools and knowledge needed to turn those skills and talents into a successful income-generating entrepreneurial venture.

This course includes:

  • Three comprehensive training manuals laden with strategic exercises to help you plan and create a solid foundation for your business.
  • Business forms and templates essential to becoming a professional organizer - everything you need for a quick launch.
  • Networking opportunities

The Launch and Grow Your Business course is comprised of three modules:

  1. Create Your Business as a Professional Organizer
  2. Marketing Basics for the Organizing Industry
  3. Client Relationship Management and the Practical Approach

Learning Options

In-Person: The Launch and Grow Your Business course is currently only offered via a two-day in-person seminar. This provides the opportunity for you to learn classroom-style, among other like-minded individuals, to create, market and operate your own organizing business.

If in-person is not suitable for you, watch for our webinars, coming soon!

Upon completion of the Launch and Grow Your Business course, you will receive a certificate and it will be highlighted on your profile on the Find an Organizer Directory.

The in-person event is a two-day seminar taught by an experienced professional organizer, and it includes lunch and beverages. Check the calendar for details.

Pricing for this course:

  • Members: $700 + GST
  • Non-members: $800 + GST

Continuing education offers opportunities to expand your skills, business offerings and fulfill continuing education or recertification hours. Many of our continuing education classes, which are delivered in webinar format, may apply towards your Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). Upon successful completion of a final quiz, a certificate of completion will be provided. Let our team of experts share their knowledge on a variety of topics to help you expand and develop your business.

Learning Options

Webinars: Learn at your own pace, with pre-recorded, self-study webinars. When you sign up for the webinar, you will receive instructions by email on how to access the webinar and receive your certificate. Sign up for a pre-recorded webinar session.

Register for Upcoming Courses & Events

Our Upcoming Courses & Events Calendar has a listing of courses and events POC offers. Not all events have registration, but when available you will see a Register button. Please login to access member pricing.